Here are two products that will help you get in the swing of things for the golf season—the Swing Jacket golf training aid and the Orange Whip golf swing trainer.
The Swing Jacket training aid was reintroduced to the market this year. Some might remember the product from several years ago. Back then, the Swing Jacket was used by more than 50 PGA Tour players looking for an advantage. Peter Jacobsen, Tom Pernice Jr., Scott McCarron, Olin Browne and Billy Andrade all won PGA Tour events shortly after making the Swing Jacket part of their practice regimen. The reason: The Swing Jacket makes each swing so consistent it locks the correct motion into muscle memory.
Fast forward to 2007 and the company goes up in smoke—literally. The company’s factory burned down, along with all the dyes, molds and product. It was a complete loss. After a lot of heartache, planning and retooling, the new Swing Jacket was officially launched at the Tour Edge Media Classic at January’s PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando.
“The intent of the Swing Jacket is to automatically train golfers to repeat the core fundamentals of a simple, repeatable, efficient swing,” says Bill Walsh, president and co-founder of Swing Jacket.
Golfer Taylor Miller of Olympia, Washington, recently tried the Swing Jacket and had this comment: “At first my swing felt unnatural, but after practicing for a while, I could tell that’s how my swing needed to be. I like how it keeps my left arm tight against my body, thus increasing power.”
According to Walsh, the Swing Jacket is the only product that physically guides golfers through a connected, on-plane swing. Whether you use the Swing Jacket hitting whiffle balls in the backyard, taking practice swings in the living room or hitting on the practice tee, each swing is automatically training your body to repeat that optimal swinging motion. By imposing a level of consistency on each swing, the Swing Jacket locks key swing fundamentals into muscle memory. More details about the Swing Jacket can be found at swingjacket.com.
The Orange Whip Golf Swing Trainer
Legendary golf instructor Jim Hardy offered his impression of the Orange Whip golf swing training aid: “I have been using it these past few days and am probably one of your staunchest believers. It is the best device I have ever seen to develop a correct feel for sequencing the hips and core to whip the arms and club rather than using effort in the arms to try to whip the club. I’m a true believer in this training device.”
The Orange Whip consists of a flexible shaft with a weighted orange ball at one end and a counterweight at the other. The unique weighting system works together with the flexible shaft to condition the user to maintain balance and to swing in an athletic motion for power, accuracy and consistency. The Orange Whip is also designed to enhance physical fitness by providing a core muscle workout focused on golf-specific muscles. It is the perfect training aid for all environments, since it can be used indoors and does not involve hitting golf balls. It’s great for keeping your swing sharp, or improving it, over those long winter months.
The developer of the Orange Whip says it can improve the golf swing by offering these benefits:
Flexibility: The weight on each end of the flexible shaft provides a low-impact stretch while swinging.
Strength: The Orange Whip provides a core muscle workout when used during repetitive motion drills. The wrists and forearms receive a workout doing various drills and during the hinging action while swinging.
Coordination: When swung repetitively, the Orange Whip synchronizes the arms and body. If this motion is out of sync, the user will lose balance or feel awkward.
Tempo: As the arms and body work together, a natural rhythm takes over the swing. This is how your tempo develops, some may be fast or slow, yet always in balance with an efficient motion.
The Orange Whip does not involve hitting golf balls on the theory that if a golfer trains the swing without using a ball, the mind and body will allow the swing to develop more naturally.
Matt Kuchar, Angel Cabrerra, Justin Rose, Paula Creamer, Morgan Pressel, Dustin Johnson and Retief Goosen are just a few of the professional golfers who use the Orange Whip.
It’s estimated that golfers can see improvements to their golf swing by devoting just five to 10 minutes a day to foundation drills with the Orange Whip. There are three versions of the Orange Whip: Trainer, Golden and Hickory. The Trainer is for taller men and women. The Golden version is recommended for shorter men and women, teens and seniors. The Hickory is primarily for children from 7 to 12. For more information, visit orangewhiptrainer.com.
Rick Stedman is an avid golfer, RVer and writer who lives in Yakima, Washington. Rick writes a weekly golf blog, “The 19th Hole,” which is published every Saturday at rvlife.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.